first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “But I didn’t have dreams or know that the NFL was something that could even be broached.”It will be difficult to quantify the impact Welter has had on the Cardinals, at least on the field. In terms of perception, however, her presence has certainly changed what people think of the team in a positive way. And who knows, maybe the end of her internship will not be the last we see of her with the organization.If it is, though, Welter said she leaves with “a bunch” of interactions with players she will always remember, moments and stories that will be a joy to tell. There’s also the whole Hall of Fame thing, which Welter said is “really freaking cool.”But she’s not quite ready to focus on her post-internship career. And regardless of what is in store, nothing will take away from what she has already accomplished.“I’m waiting to see what will happen next, and I’m really excited,” she said. “I consider this a complete win. The biggest question coming in was would guys in the NFL respond to a woman coaching them, and obviously that’s a ‘yes.’ So I couldn’t be more happy and that’s what I’m focusing on right now.” – / 27 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact To that point, there has not been one player who was asked about Welter who had anything bad to say.Quarterback Carson Palmer, who admittedly hasn’t had much of a chance to see how Welter has coached, said he’s talked to her a little bit.“She’s very nice, I think she’s knowledgeable from what I’ve heard, and it’s been good to have her around,” he said.Truth be told, in the time between late July, when the team added Welter to the staff, and Wednesday, when she chatted with the media, she has not really been much of a topic. She has more or less blended in with the rest of the staff.Moving forward, Welter said she would love to entertain other opportunities to stay in the NFL, and given her performance this camp, it’s possible she will be do just that. But she knows it’s not really up to her.Whether she ultimately turns this internship into a full-time gig remains to be seen, but if nothing else, Welter is excited how her time with the Cardinals has shown little girls that anything is possible, including a role in a traditionally male-dominated profession.“That is breathtaking to me,” she said. “It’s something that I never thought was possible. I was that little girl who ran around in a football helmet and got tackled by her cousins, got up, and was like, ‘Hey, let’s do it again!’ The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Top Stories Glendale, Ariz. — The problem with dreams, you see, is that sooner or later you wake up and it all comes to an end.It holds true for all of us, including Dr. Jen Welter.A training camp coaching intern, Welter has spent her time working with the team’s inside linebackers. She said the experience has been “fantastic. The entire organization took what could have been a challenging situation and turned it into anything but. “It’s been like a dream come true, like I said,” she added. “Somebody asked me earlier if I had to pinch myself every day. Yeah, I kind of did.”Soon, though, it will be time to wake up. With training camp set to come to its conclusion, so will Welter’s internship. The first woman to hold any kind of coaching position with an NFL team, her tenure coming to an end does so with the historical context of her being a trail blazer, a pioneer.At the time of her hire, there were some who thought it was a move the team did not — and should not — make.“Everybody kept kind of waiting for the other shoe to drop,” she said. “Like, ‘oh my gosh, what’s going to happen? What’s going to go horribly wrong?’ and it really never did. All the players were really respectful.“Some came from the jump to really open their arms and welcome me,” Welter added. “I think it took others a little bit longer. But really, overall, it was fantastic. So I think that that would be the best thing is that people were waiting for the worst thing, and it wasn’t there.”A distraction she was not. This camp has shown her to be nothing more than another coach on the field who helped prepare a team that has Super Bowl aspirations. Comments   Share   “That wore off really fast, maybe two days, it was like, ‘she’s a coach’ and doing a great job,” Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said when asked if the novelty of having Welter on the staff has worn off. “All our interns have done such a fabulous job. I’d like to keep them all on a permanent basis, but it’s not possible.”In Welter’s time with the team, she has proven to be a knowledgeable and relatable football mind, someone who has been a real asset.What impressed Arians most?“Her teaching skills and her insight to the game,” Arians said. “The way she approaches it is a little bit different than a lot of people because she is female and she thinks differently, but it’s really good to have that on your staff.“The way she wrote notes to the players — they’d never even gotten notes before. She’s always done that with her players. I had a coach do that for me a long time ago, and they’re special little things that you’d never forget. It’s a really good teaching tool.”Welter said she wrote the notes between the first and second preseason games, the words coming from her heart.“It’s something that, to me, is something I would have wanted as a player,” she said. “It never occurred to me that other people weren’t doing it, and yet the feedback from all the guys was really fantastic.”last_img read more

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first_imgNordic pay-TV platform Canal Digital DTH has signed a mutli-year deal with Red Bee Media, which will supply metadata services across Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.The agreement will see Red Bee provide rich EPG content, including localised programme descriptions and images, powering content discovery for over 250 channels in five languages – Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish and English.The metadata will support linear and on-demand services on Canal Digital DTH’s next-generation TV platform.Rich metadata is a core part of Red Bee Media’s content discovery offering, which spans metadata sourcing, creation and EPG distribution, user interface design, personalised search and recommendation tools and second screen apps.last_img read more

first_imgViki has launched a Spanish-language service and inked a telenovela deal with Netflix and Colombia’s Caracol.Viki is a an online video site that crowd sources subtitling activity to create localised versions of scripted content. Thus far the focus has largely been on reversioning Asian-originated content.The Spanish language service is focused on viewers in Latin America. Viewership from the region already accounts for 25% of Viki viewing and Spanish is the second most popular language for Viki content after English.As part of the Latin and Spanish-language drive Viki has inked two new content deals. It has expanded a deal with Netflix and taken rights to a range of Asian TV shows and movies, which the Viki community will subtitle for viewers in Latin America.It has also inked a deal with the commercial arm of Colombian network Caracol and Venevision, its counterpart in Venezuela.Those agreements give Viki a range of telenovelas for the Latin and international services with titles including Eva Luna, La Promesa, Pablo Escobar: The Drug Lord and Made in Cartegena.“We are very excited about this negotiation with Viki because it allows us to continue our global strategy of sharing innovative content without borders,” said Estefanía Arteaga, international sales for Caracol TV.“In this way, Caracol Television will continue to reach audiences around the world in non-traditional markets through the diverse platforms available today,” added Lisette Osorio, VP of international sales.“Our goal has always been to bring global TV to global audiences,” said Tammy H. Nam, Viki’s CMO and general manager, Americas. “More than ninety percent of our Latin American viewers come to Viki to watch top International TV shows and movies, which they can’t easily access elsewhere. Now, we’re able to introduce telenovelas to much of the world.”Viki said it plans to launch other localised versions of its site worldwide in the coming months. The company is privately held although BBC Worldwide has made an investment, for an undisclosed amount, in the business.last_img read more

first_imgLiberty Global has reportedly offered to sell its Film 1 premium channel and open its network to OTT providers to win approval for its acquisition of Ziggo from EU regulators.According to Reuters, citing an unnamed source, Liberty Global has offered to sell Film 1 in order to overcome concerns that the Ziggo acquisition would bring the latter’s HBO pay TV service and the Liberty Global movie channel under the same roof, leaving only one significant premium movie provider in the Netherlands.The news agency reported that Liberty Global will also commit not to block OTT services from its network either commercially or technically.The EC opened an in-depth investigation into the acquisition in May over competition concerns, throwing into a doubt a deal Liberty Global previously believed was on schedule to be completed in the second half of this year. The Commission is set to rule on the agreement by October 17.Liberty Global currently holds a 28.5% stake in Ziggo, whose board recommended Liberty’s offer of €35.74 a share for the remainder last month, in a deal that values Ziggo at about €10 billion.Note: DTVE Daily  carried the incorrect headline “Liberty Global reportedly ready to sacrifice Sport 1 to seal Ziggo deal”. This has been corrected in the above story.last_img read more

first_imgVirgin Media has revamped its internet bundles and now claims it is the first UK broadband provider to offer 100Mbps and above speeds “as standard”.The Liberty Global-owned operator said that 100Mbps is now its entry level broadband speed, with its top speeds now standing at 300Mbps.Virgin also said that it will offer its new Virgin TV V6 box as a standard with its ‘mix’, ‘fun’ and ‘full house’ bundles.The V6 box launched at the end of last year and supports 4K Ultra-High Definition, can record six shows while a viewer watches a seventh, and comes with 1TB of storage.“Eye-watering speeds, a better box and top-notch TV is a winning combination,” said Virgin Media CEO, Tom Mockridge.“More and more switchers tell us they are joining Virgin Media for our faster speeds and we understand why – whether it’s 4K Netflix, box sets in multiple rooms or online gaming, the best entertainment requires the best broadband and we’re making sure our customers are covered with these bundles at incredible value.”last_img read more

first_img— The Exact Date the Dow Hits 50,000 Circle your calendar… we’ve identified the exact day the Dow Jones could breach 50,000. After that, look out below. Click here to see the exact steps you should take to make 10x your money before then. Recommended Link Teeka: “Get ready for the next crypto run-up” Justin: An actual war? Not just a trade war? Doug: Yes, a shooting war. The Chinese don’t like seeing US aircraft carriers off their coast any more than we would like to see Chinese aircraft carriers in the Gulf of Mexico or off Santa Catalina Island. The US is supposedly defending the interests of its so-called allies—Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, and so forth—in the South China Sea. But the US is pointlessly asking for trouble by meddling in these affairs. It’s between the Chinese and those countries to sort out. The last thing that we need is a war with the Chinese. But if something that’s been called Thucydides Trap is valid—and I think it is—then it’s highly likely. It refers to what happened between Athens and Sparta, the Peloponnesian War, at the end of 4th century BC. The Trap is sprung when a reigning power strikes out at the advancing power while they still have a chance of winning. The US is in decline, and the Chinese are rapidly coming up. The US is definitely the aggressor here—although Americans robotically believe we’re always the good guys. Everybody always see themselves as the good guys, including the Nazis and the Soviets—nothing new there. The American military thinks that a shooting war is inevitable. And it probably is. Why? Well, 4,000 years of history teaches us that it’s better to start a war when you’re more powerful than your enemy rather than wait until they’re more powerful than you. It’s always been this way. The Golden Rule of statecraft is: Do unto others—but do it first. It’s a very dangerous situation. The US has combat troops in over 100 countries around the world, acting as a tripwire. Things could spin out of control at any time and almost anywhere on the planet. Quite possibly someplace nobody has ever even heard of. Justin: How might the Chinese retaliate to a trade war? Doug: Well, for one thing they could start by dumping all their Treasuries. They’ve already stopped buying more. I think they’re trying to get rid of what they have slowly. They use the proceeds to buy more things in the Third World. They already have a huge amount of control in Africa and western Asia. It beats owning the unsecured liability of a bankrupt government which is also their enemy, and earning them only 2%. The next step is to make the yuan an international currency. And it will likely need to be a gold-backed currency so people trust it. If they can make the yuan the new international numeraire, the US will lose its major source of power. That’s because dollars are our biggest export, and have been for decades. What happens when no one wants to own dollars anymore? All those dollars would start coming back to the US. The influx of trillions of dollars from abroad would be extremely inflationary. The real wealth in the US would start flowing out in exchange for those dollars. It would be the exact opposite of what’s happened over the last 50 years, where we shipped out paper dollars to foreigners and imported lots of real wealth at basically zero cost. I think we’ll end up in military action because when there are economic problems, governments like to blame them on foreigners. That usually winds up involving the military. The military—contrary to popular myth—doesn’t defend the country, so much as act as an instrument for the government to enforce its will abroad. It could get out of control. A country like China doesn’t take to being bullied. Justin: Doug, you mentioned a gold-backed yuan? But the Chinese also are taking steps to launch a petroyuan. How big of a threat is that to US supremacy? Doug: I wouldn’t worry about a so-called petroyuan, except that it will really antagonize the US. Will the Saudis and/or the Iranians take yuan in exchange for a Chinese military umbrella to replace the American one? Maybe. However, one of the nice things about the cryptocurrency revolution is it’s directed people’s attention to the fact that none of the paper currencies issued by governments have any real value. They’re not redeemable with anything by their issuer. They’re only redeemable by whatever some merchant someplace might give you. So, the Chinese will only succeed at replacing the US dollar with a gold-backed yuan. That’s what they’ll do. Justin: That would certainly be bad for the US dollar—actually for US assets in general. Doug: Yes. Right now, the deficit of the US government is about a trillion dollars a year. That’s in supposedly good times. That debt is basically all being sold to the Fed. It’s the direct engine of inflation, creating more dollars. The Chinese will be more responsible with their gold yuan—which is coming. They’ll need it to foster trade with their multitrillion-dollar One Road and One Belt project. They certainly won’t want to use the dollar, the currency of their enemy. The US sees that it’s rapidly losing economic power. They’ll see that they’re resented politically around the world, seen as bullies. And they see that new-wave military tech is turning carrier groups and air wings of B-52’s and B-2’s into expensive junk. They may do something stupid, like launch a preemptive strike against China. It would make about as much sense as the Peloponnesian War, or World War I. But these things can take on a life of their own. I just hope we don’t have World War III in some form. That would be most inconvenient and unpleasant. Justin: Thanks for taking the time to speak with me today, Doug. Doug: You’re welcome. Justin’s note: Every month, Doug shares his unique insights in The Casey Report, our flagship publication. If you sign up today, you’ll get complete access to all of our archived content, including recent essays by Doug on the Greater Depression, the migrant crisis, the crypto mania, technology, and much more. You’ll also receive specific, actionable advice to help you protect and grow your personal financial empire… which is especially important in today’s uncertain market environment. You can sign up for a risk-free trial of The Casey Report right here. Reader Mailbag Today, readers respond to our essay “Why This Misunderstood Market Could Hold the World’s First $1 Trillion Company”… I enjoy the heck out of reading just about everything that comes from Casey Research. And to answer the question of whether I’m taking the opportunity to and taking advantage of buying cryptocurrencies while they are down, the answer is: absolutely! I think that cryptocurrencies are the very beginning of a new religion, and I am taking full advantage of it. I’ve taken this buying opportunity to load up with cryptocurrencies that I believe are going to become extremely valuable in the very near future, and I’m following Teeka Tiwari’s advice on it because I’m already up several hundred thousand percent from his previous recommendations. I buy ugly houses in the right neighborhoods and fix them up to make them beautiful houses that people want to spend money on and purchase. When I first started, most of my family thought I was crazy to buy houses that were in poor condition. Most people today still don’t understand the process of finding a gem, polishing it up, and selling it for profit. I see the same opportunity with cryptocurrencies. – Angel Duties are always a disaster. When you have a duty on things from a foreign country, you violate all kinds of economic laws. You are, in effect, putting yourself under embargo. That’s number one. Number two, the revenue on import duties goes to a government. It feeds the beast. This revenue makes the government bigger and stronger. So, it’s bad from that point of view as well. It always impresses me as strange when people talk about “we” in reference to the State, or the government. The State is a discrete entity—like General Motors, or the Catholic Church, or the Boy Scouts. It doesn’t care about you; it cares about itself. But, unlike those other organizations, it uses guns to enforce its will. You want to deny resources to it as a moral principle. Justin: What economic laws do tariffs violate? Doug: Competitive advantage is the big one. Guatemalans are good at producing bananas. Detroit is good at building cars—or at least it used to be. Trying to produce cars in Guatemala and bananas in Detroit is completely ridiculous. We don’t want a domestic banana industry; it wastes capital. But that’s what happens when you put in duties. You are, in effect, trying to make it economic for Detroit to grow bananas. Apart from lowering Americans’ standard of living, creating economic distortions, and adding to the power of bureaucrats, it’s asking for trouble in today’s world. It’s antagonizing large groups of people who live outside the US. Justin: I couldn’t agree more. And it seems like a lot of Trump’s policies are directly aimed at the Chinese. Why is that such a bad idea? Doug: The Chinese came from nothing; only 40 years ago, they had nothing but a billion impoverished peasants. No money. No technology. No power. Today, they’re on par with the United States. But, if this trend continues—which it will—their economy will be triple the size of the US economy in 20 years. At this point, the only thing the US has over them is its gigantic military—which itself is becoming very outmoded, as Putin’s recent announcements about a whole new generation of weapons has shown. And very expensive. Every year, the government spends a trillion dollars on “national security.” It’s bankrupting the US. It’s not making any friends, either. In fact, I’m afraid it could even lead to war with China. Teeka Tiwari was one of the first experts to predict last year’s cryptocurrency boom. Anybody who followed his advice could have pocketed rare and extraordinary gains of 207%, 1,140%, 11,004%, and even 14,354% in as little as 6 months. However, Teeka believes those who get in now – before an imminent deadline – could make even more money this year. Click here for all the details. center_img Recommended Link I don’t really know what cryptocurrencies are, except that someone in the digital world dreamt them up. A good rule in investing is, if you don’t understand what you’re buying, then you sure shouldn’t be buying it. I wouldn’t touch them with a 10-foot pole. – Phil Justin’s note: Donald Trump may have just started a war. If you read Tuesday’s Dispatch, you know that I’m talking about a trade war. You see, Trump just slapped a 25% tax on steel imports and a 10% tax on aluminum imports. He did this because he wants to put American businesses first. But this plan may end up doing more harm than good. And that’s because Trump’s tough stance on trade could spark a global trade war. It could even lead to a shooting war with one of the most powerful countries on the planet. You might find that hard to believe. But Doug Casey told me why this might happen during a recent phone call… Justin: Doug, what do you think about Trump’s approach to trade? Doug: Well, let me start off by saying the government should have zero to do with the economy in general, and trade in particular. No subsidies, no duties, no quotas—nothing of the sort. Most people don’t understand that import duties punish the whole country to “help” some uneconomic industry or group. At the same time, it allows them to persist in the practices that make them uneconomic. And yes, I understand the chances of the government butting out are about zero. But it’s critical to voice correct principles, even if they’re disregarded. Of course, Trump is correct in putting America first, as opposed to subsidizing other countries. But import duties don’t put America first. They damage it. The Smoot-Hawley tariffs were what really set off the last depression, because foreigners could no longer sell to us. That destroyed their economies, resulting in business failures and high unemployment. — I don’t like cryptocurrencies at all because they can lose their value even faster than Federal Reserve notes do. Further, they are inaccessible when power fails or when hackers find a way to abscond with them. I have enough reasons to swear at my computer without owning any ethereal cash. – JaniceIf you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us right here.last_img read more

first_imgAn international committee of disabled human rights experts have delivered a series of withering attacks on the UK government over its failure to implement the UN disability convention.Following a two-day public examination of the UK’s progress in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the committee said it was “deeply concerned” that the UK government still believed it was a “champion of human rights”.The committee’s chair, Theresia Degener (pictured), from Germany, told the UK government’s delegation that its cuts to social security and other support for disabled people had caused “a human catastrophe”, which was “totally neglecting the vulnerable situation people with disabilities find themselves in”.Stig Langvad, the committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) member who is leading the UK examination, said the government had failed to demonstrate its commitment to the convention.He said the government had failed to answer many questions put to it by the committee over the two days, and that it had “become evident that the committee has a very different perception of how human rights should be understood and implemented” than the UK government.He called on the UK to develop a “concrete strategy which is sufficiently funded” to “fully acknowledge and implement the convention”.Langvad said the committee was “deeply concerned” about the government’s refusal to recognise the findings and recommendations of the committee’s earlier inquiry, which concluded last November that there had been “grave and systematic violations” of three key parts of the convention.He said: “We expect the state party to take the appropriate measures to address the recommendations of our inquiry report.”Langvad added: “I could provide a long list of examples where the state party doesn’t live up to the convention. Unfortunately, the time is too limited.”Coomaravel Pyaneandee, a vice-chair of the committee, had earlier told the UK delegation: “I want to see you coming back as world leader, which at the moment I am afraid you’re not, but disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) from whom I draw inspiration are in fact the world leaders in your country.”Many representatives of DPOs – including Inclusion London, the Alliance for Inclusive Education, Disabled People Against Cuts, Equal Lives, Black Triangle, Disability Rights UK, Inclusion Scotland and Disability Wales – had travelled to Geneva for the public examination, and had provided detailed evidence to Pyaneandee and the committee members on the government’s failings.Karen Jochelson, the head of the Office for Disability Issues, who led the UK delegation, insisted that the UK was “determined to remain a global lead in disability issues”.She said that UK laws provided “a strong framework for ensuring and progressing the rights of disabled people” although there was “more still to be done in all aspects of society and life” to progressively realise the convention.At the start of the two-day examination, Jochelson had delivered a statement from the minister for disabled people, Penny Mordaunt, in which she claimed that the UK had been “a global leader in driving forward disability rights and promoting inclusion” and that it could even be a “catalyst” to “help our international partners achieve more on this agenda”.A representative of the Department for Work and Pensions told the committee that the government “takes very seriously its duty to protect the most vulnerable people”, and added: “We stand by the reforms to the UK benefit system.”Jochelson ended by saying that it was “right that the UK is scrutinised carefully and we have welcomed this” and that this reflected Mordaunt’s pledge that the UK would “continue to progress disabled people’s rights and consult with disabled people on government policy and public services”.Two of the key issues that were raised several times by committee members were disabled people’s right to independent living and the treatment of people in secure mental health settings (see separate stories).Among other issues address by the committee were the discrimination faced by disabled people when accessing healthcare; the government’s plans to increase the number of disabled people in employment; and the disability pay gap.It also examined disabled people’s engagement in democracy; the fall in the number of disabled children in mainstream education and the failure to move towards a fully inclusive education system; parents with learning difficulties who have had their children taken away from them; and disabled people who have lost their benefits in the move from disability living allowance to personal independence payment.last_img read more

first_imgA disabled peer has told the House of Lords that plans for a major “restoration and renewal” of the Houses of Parliament must ensure a “step change” in the provision of disability access in a building that can be “extremely unwelcoming” to disabled people.Baroness [Sal] Brinton, president of the Liberal Democrats and a wheelchair-user herself, said the newly-restored palace “will have failed” if it was not “truly accessible” to all disabled people.She said that the building itself – and a “wider, unconscious cultural attitude” – can make the Houses of Parliament “extremely unwelcoming to disabled parliamentarians, staff and visitors”.Members of the House of Lords were discussing long-delayed plans to renovate the Palace of Westminster, which will eventually see MPs and peers move out and work in separate buildings nearby in Westminster – probably soon after 2025 – while a major programme of repairs takes place over a number of years.Last week, MPs voted to approve the plan, and this week peers agreed to this “full and timely decant” to nearby buildings while the work takes place, and that the renovation should ensure “full access for people with disabilities”.Problems include major fire risks, pipes and cables “decades past their lifespan”, and a “huge amount of asbestos” in the building – which is a royal palace and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – according to the Tory leader of the House of Lords, Baroness Evans of Bowes Park.Baroness Brinton (pictured) said that MPs and peers who use wheelchairs do not have the same “rights and experience” as their non-disabled colleagues.She said: “A parliamentarian in a wheelchair cannot sit with their party or group in either the Commons or the Lords.“Our Lords’ mobility bench behind the clerks in front of the cross benches, has three spaces, so when five or six of us want to speak we cannot stay in our place for the rest of the debate.“Worse, if the chamber is full, we cannot even manoeuvre around after speaking to let another colleague move in.“Even worse, the Commons does not even have a mobility bench.”She also pointed out that there was just one space for wheelchair-users in the Commons public gallery, and no wheelchair spaces for peers who want to observe proceedings in the Commons.She said that wheelchair-users often have to travel double the distance around the building, because most routes include steps, which means wheelchair-users often miss votes because there are so few lifts large enough for them to use.Baroness Brinton also revealed that wheelchair-users are not able to access parts of the corridors used by ministers in the House of Commons.She pointed out that there are no self-opening doors in the building, and that some of the accessible toilets are “too small, cluttered with bins, and the red alarm cords are often in the wrong place and tied up, which makes their use impossible”.She also said that many of the ramps in the building have “no wheelchair” signs placed on them because they are too steep for wheelchair-users to use.Another disabled peer, the former Conservative minister Lord Blencathra, said: “I could add a whole chapter of horrors and, indeed, humiliations about the difficulties of getting around this place in a wheelchair.” The Liberal Democrat disabled peer Lord Addington said: “We have to get on and do this because we have a duty of care to everybody who works here and to the building.”He said he believed that moving peers and MPs out of the building should take place sooner than 2025.The disabled Labour peer, Lord [David] Blunkett, said he was pleased that the motion they were debating “recognises the importance of accessibility for visitors with disabilities and special needs, although that is also true of those working in the Palace of Westminster and will be in the future”.Another Labour peer, Lord Carter of Coles, said access to the building for disabled people was “a disgrace and we should correct it”.He added: “We should create a building that represents our values and, more importantly, our aspirations.”Baroness Doocey, a Liberal Democrat, said the renovations should “go much further than the minimum standards” on access.She said: “We should make it as easy as possible for every member of the public, regardless of their disability, to come to parliament and, crucially, to feel happy and comfortable when they come here.”Labour’s Baroness Smith of Basildon, shadow leader of the Lords, added: “We have an opportunity to ensure that parliament abides by the laws that we pass but do not follow regarding disability.”A Conservative peer, Baroness Bloomfield, told the debate that, after touring the basement of the building last week, she was “amazed that health and safety regulations allow any of us to occupy any part of this estate at any time.“The threat of a catastrophic failure in this parliament reflects the hideous possibility that a fire within this building, which has the same ventilation construction as the Mackintosh building in Glasgow and the same risks that attach to that system, could indeed cause major damage, potential death and the destruction of historic art and documents on a quite grotesque scale.”Baroness Evans assured Baroness Brinton and other peers who had raised the need to address access issues that “a major element of the proposed works will include significantly improving disabled access in the palace, which does not currently meet modern standards”.And she said that Baroness Brinton had “rightly raised some important issues which need to be looked at”.last_img read more

first_img 2 min read Kate Taylor Image credit: Monica Dipres –shares Chipotle Add to Queue September 15, 2015 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Chipotle Faces Food Poisoning Lawsuits in California and Minnesota Chipotle is dealing with two apparently unrelated lawsuits from customers who purchased meals that left more than a bad taste in their mouths.Two lawsuits have been filed against the burrito chain in the last week, one in Minnesota and one in California. In Minnesota, April Beck is the first Chipotle customer to file a lawsuit against the chain following a salmonella outbreak in August, reports Food Poisoning Journal. In California, two women have filed a lawsuit against Chipotle for damages due to norovirus infections.The Minnesota salmonella outbreak involved a suspect ingredient that was served in 17 Chipotle locations. At least 45 people have been sickened, and five (including Beck) have been hospitalized. The ingredient, which Chipotle and the Minnesota Department of Health have thus far declined to disclose, has been swapped out from all Chipotle restaurants in the state.Related: Chipotle Hit With Lawsuit Over GMO-Free Menu ClaimsIn California, the food poisoning was related not to salmonella but instead norovirus infections, which are often linked to contaminated employees preparing food. Eighty customers and 17 employees were sickened after eating food from a Simi Valley, Calif., Chipotle location on Aug. 18 and 19, including the two women who filed the lawsuit, reports Food Poisoning Journal.After customers reported the outbreak, the location was temporarily closed. Health inspectors reported that the Chipotle contained dirty and inoperative equipment, as well as equipment directly connected to the sewer, along with other sanitary and health violations.The Food and Drug Agency is attempting to cut down on outbreaks of this sort with new preventative measures, announced last week, which attempt to create “nationally integrated food safety system.” Foodborne disease outbreaks affect 48 million people in the U.S. every year, making the new rules something that could affect anyone who has ever eaten a bad burrito.Related: FDA Releases New Anti-Food Poisoning Rules Just as Salmonella Outbreak Reaches 30 States Reporter Next Article Register Now »last_img read more

first_img Reuters Toy-Robot Maker Raises Millions in Second Funding Round Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. –shares Next Article Enroll Now for $5 Robots 2 min readcenter_img Image credit: Shutterstock Add to Queue Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand July 29, 2016 Wonder Workshop Inc., which makes toy robots that teach kids how to code, said it raised $20 million in its second round of funding and was looking to expand into new markets, especially China.The San Mateo, California-based company, founded in 2012, makes two kinds of robots — Dot and Dash — compatible with iOS and Android devices, and can be controlled through mobile apps.Children can teach the robots actions, from moving around in a room to playing tunes on a xylophone, by writing simple commands or codes.Chief Executive and co-founder Vikas Gupta hit upon the idea to start Wonder Workshop during a six-month sabbatical he took shortly after his daughter.”I wanted to find the solution that will engage children aged 5-10, meet them at their cognitive and motor skills,” Vikas Gupta told Reuters.Gupta worked with a team of inventors and co-founder Saurabh Gupta to create the robots. Vikas and Saurabh Gupta are not related.Vikas Gupta also founded virtual currency platform operator Jambool in 2006. He sold the company to Google in 2010.Wonder Workshop, which has already raised $15.9 million from investors including Madrona Venture Group, Maven Ventures, WI Harper Group and others, said the latest round of financing was led by WI Harper and Idea Bulb Ventures, along with Learn Capital and TCL.Wonder Workshop was speaking with several retail partners in China, including China’s No.2 e-commerce company, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.”In China, we see parents very passionate about their kids’ education and we have already seen a lot of after-school learning centers import our robots,” Vikas Gupta said.Wonder Workshop has sold robots to more than 7,000 elementary schools around the world and expects to reach another 8,000 schools this year.The company has sold 140,000 robots in the last 18 months through its website, Apple stores, Best Buy Co Inc., Target Corp. and Toys R Us stores.(Reporting by Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru; Editing by Sayantani Ghosh) This story originally appeared on Reuterslast_img read more

first_img Source: Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 17 2018Kaplan Nursing, which partners with nursing schools nationwide to prepare thousands of aspiring nurses to pass the NCLEX-RN® and NCLEX-PN® licensing exams and be ready for their career, has launched a new interactive virtual simulation program for nursing schools to help educate their students make clinical judgments. Acquired earlier this year by Kaplan, i-Human Patients is a high performance, healthcare case authoring and playback system which can simulate a complete patient encounter, from performing a nursing assessment, to recognizing, analyzing, and prioritizing data, to evaluating patient outcomes.The new Kaplan Nursing virtual simulation program offers several benefits: it allows students to practice the complete nursing process in a “safe space” before they see live patients; it provides expert feedback and clinical judgment guidance, regardless of the time of day or faculty staffing considerations; it offers assessment analytics with objective user data by student or cohort; and it can be used to complement or partially substitute for existing clinical instruction.Related StoriesA work schedule patching approach for improved nursing home careUAMS receives $24.2 million federal funding to accelerate researchHow to find and use new federal ratings for rehab services at nursing homesThe National League for Nursing, a leading organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education, has endorsed a National Council of State Boards of Nursing study which concluded that simulation can be substituted for up to 50 percent of traditional clinical experiences.”Simulation in healthcare has emerged as an important tool for education, assessment and medical error reduction, and we see it playing a critical and exponentially growing role in the future of high-quality, cost-effective care, including in nursing,” said Steven Marietti, president of Kaplan Test Prep’s Licensure group. “This new suite of programs for nursing schools will go a long way in making sure their students are ready for the workforce because the real-life experiences they’ll encounter in the doctor’s office or ER will be similar to the simulations they learned from in the classroom.”Both nursing schools and nursing students can rely on IHP for free support throughout their subscription, with product training, free consultations, student orientation, and “ask the professor” live sessions.IHP is a key part of Kaplan’s Licensure operation, expanding current offerings in preparation for professional licensure exams, specifically for its healthcare portfolio, which serves doctors, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics.last_img read more

first_imgA partial meniscus removal is one of the most commonly performed orthopedic surgeries in the U.S.,”Amy McNulty, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Orthopedic Surgery, Duke and Senior Author of the Paper Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 20 2019About a million times a year, Americans with a torn meniscus in their knee undergo surgery in hopes of a repair. Certain tears can’t be fixed or won’t heal well, and many patients later suffer osteoarthritis from the injury.Scientists have tried developing scaffolds or structures from various materials, including plastic and textile fibers, to lay a foundation for new cells. In a paper published June 18 in the journal Scientific Reports, Duke scientists describe a more organic model — a scaffold derived from a pig’s meniscus, which performed better in lab tests than healing without a scaffold. Related StoriesBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryArthroscopy more accurate than MRI for chondral defects of the knee, study findsTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CT”The damaged tissue must be cut out because it’s causing pain or catching, but when the tissue comes out it also alters load-bearing in the knee and often leads to osteoarthritis, so it would be beneficial to try and heal the meniscus in place using a tool like a scaffold,” McNulty said.In lab tests, repairs aided by the scaffold resulted in a stronger meniscus repair after four weeks compared to a meniscus that went through the natural healing process.A scaffold could be especially valuable when the meniscus tears near the inside of the crescent-shaped tissue where blood doesn’t flow. Without a blood supply, a tear in this section won’t mend and the tissue is often removed, McNulty said.The pig-derived scaffold is advantageous over other models including synthetics, because it is processed without chemicals or enzymes, which helps it retain more natural properties, McNulty said. Also, the structure is more porous than other models and even regular meniscus tissue, which allows new cells to move into it more easily to integrate with damaged tissue.”Cells from the native tissue appear to be naturally attracted to the scaffold — they want to move into it,” McNulty said. “Hopefully, this will lead one day to a scaffold being placed into different tears to augment healing and seamlessly integrate the pieces of damaged tissue.”The next step is testing the scaffold in animal models and eventually in humans, she said. Source:Duke University Medical CenterJournal reference:Ruprecht, J. et al. (2019) Meniscus-Derived Matrix Scaffolds Promote the Integrative Repair of Meniscal Defects. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). read more

first_imgThe wicket-keeper/batsman has been in stellar form since arriving in England for the tour matches, and has scored tons in both the short and long forms of the game as he pushes his claims for a Test recall. Ashes hopeful Matt Wade has suffered an untimely injury scare in the Australia A match against England Lions after a nasty blow to the elbow forced him from the field at Canterbury. “He’s played beautifully, he gave himself an opportunity, he was slow going at the start but he has been for the last 12 months, he made the bowlers bowl to him and once he got himself in he dominated. “He’s in really good form and it’s nice to see he went on and got a hundred and put us in a great position.”The 15-man squad for the series is expected to be announced after the Australia-Australia A game next week and it will mark the return of Steve Smith and Dave Warner to the Test arena after a year-long suspension for ball-tampering.center_img MORE: World Cup team of the tournament | Umpires crucial error in World Cup finalBut on Tuesday he was dealt a minor setback after being struck flush on the elbow by a Lewis Gregory short ball – however, scans confirmed that there was no severe damage and his Ashes hopes remain alive. “Matthew went for a precautionary X-ray after taking a blow to his right elbow,” said team doctor John Orchard.”The X-ray came back clear but he’s probably suffering from a bruised nerve from the impact and his grip strength is impaired.”Matthew will be reassessed in the morning but it’s unlikely he’ll bat again in this innings, however we’re very hopeful he’ll recover in good time for the Australia vs Australia A game next week.”The 31-year old was the highest run-scorer in the 2018/19 Sheffield Shield competition scoring 1021 runs at an average of 60 for Tasmania, as well as finishing the second highest run-scorer in the Big Bash for the Hobart Hurricanes. Wade should be considered a fairly strong chance of making Australia’s final squad for the upcoming Ashes series against England as he continues to show his prowess in both red and white ball cricket in recent times. Despite averaging only 29 in his 22 game Test career to date, Australian Vice Captain Travis Head has thrown his support behind the experienced batsman after setting the domestic competitions and List A tour matches alight. “His red-ball stuff has been his highlight over the last 12 months,” Head told on Tuesday after their recent game.last_img read more

first_img Photos: Duck-Billed Dinosaurs Found in Alaska Photos: Spiky-Headed Dinosaur Found in Utah, But It Has Asian Roots Decades earlier, other scientists who examined the dinosaur’s skull thought that the nasal crest resembled that of another hadrosaurid, Gryposaurus. But despite the superficial similarities, Aquilarhinus proved to be a more primitive hadrosaurid than Gryposaurus, taking up a position at the very base of the group’s family tree. This hinted that the diverse shapes of hadrosaurid cranial crests all stemmed from a structure that began as a simple arched nose, Prieto-Márquez said. Aquilarhinus, aka eagle-nose shovel-chin, also provides a missing puzzle piece concerning where hadrosaurids may have originated. These dinosaurs were common across Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Antarctica during the latter part of the Cretaceous period (145.5 million to 65 million years ago), and the appearance of this primitive specimen supports an increasingly popular hypothesis that hadrosaurids first appeared in the southern part of North America, the study authors said. The findings were published online July 12 in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. The lower jaw and teeth of Aquilarhinus, showing the unusual upturned end of the mandible. Credit: Photo by Albert Prieto- Marquez; material housed at the Texas Vertebrate Paleontology Collections at The University of Texas at Austin. Like other hadrosaurs, or duck-billed dinosaurs, Aquilarhinus had a bony crest on its skull. However, this dino had unique, shovel-like jaws. Credit: ICRA Art That ridged, scooping chin likely came in handy millions of years ago; what is now a dry and rocky landscape in Texas was back then a coastal swamp or marsh. Aquilarhinus probably used its peculiar jaws to scoop vegetation from the bottom of a muddy creek bed, the researchers wrote. However, it’s less clear what the dinosaur’s prominent nasal crest was for, though it may have been used as a display to help the dinosaurs recognize members of their own kind and compete for mates, Prieto-Márquez said. “The crest of Aquilarhinus is simpler in structure than that of most other hadrosaurids, except members of kritosaurini (a subgroup of hadrosaurids),” he explained. “In both Aquilarhinus and kritosaurins for which the crest is known, this is just a fold of the nasal bone, giving them a Roman nose appearance.” Originally published on Live Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedVikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoClassmatesSearch For Any High School Yearbook, It’s Free.ClassmatesUndoAncestryThe Story Behind Your Last Name Will Surprise YouAncestryUndoGundry MD SupplementsTop Cardiologist: This One Thing Will Properly Flush Out Your BowelsGundry MD SupplementsUndo Photos: School-Bus-Size Dinosaur Discovered in Egypt A newfound duck-billed dinosaur species that lived about 80 million years ago had a face so bizarre that scientists named the animal “eagle-nose shovel-chin.” Its jaws resembled a pair of gardening tools, with wavy ridges along the edges in a “W” shape. An arching crest in the middle of its face was curved like the majestic beak of an eagle, giving the dinosaur’s profile the appearance of a prominent, humped nose. Scientists found the unusual fossil skull and a partial skeleton of the animal in the 1980s in Big Bend National Park, a site in southwestern Texas, though the specimen was not analyzed in detail until recently. The duck-billed weirdo shared some features in common with other duck-billed and crested dinosaurs, the group Saurolophidae, but it was more primitive, offering intriguing new clues about how the group’s trademark crests evolved, scientists reported in a new study. [Image Gallery: 25 Amazing Ancient Beasts]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Some dinosaurs’ scientific names invoke a sense of drama: Think of Tyrannosaurus rex (“tyrant lizard king”) or Velociraptor (“swift thief”). In this case, the researchers couldn’t resist calling out the dinosaur’s bizarre face. The genus name “Aquilarhinus” combines the Latin word “aquila,” for “eagle,” and the Greek word “rhinos,” which means “nose.” The species name “palimentus” comes from the Latin words for “shovel” and “chin,” according to the study. All known dinosaurs in this group (also called hadrosaurids) have beak-like jaws that expand at the end into a scoop shape, “hence the nickname ‘duck-billed’ dinosaurs,” said lead study author Albert Prieto-Márquez, a researcher with the Catalan Institute of Palaeontology Miquel Crusafont in Barcelona, Spain. “However, they differ from Aquilarhinus in that this ‘scoop’ is all concave. In contrast, in Aquilarhinus, there was a rise, a convex relief at the center of the ‘scoop,'” Prieto-Márquez told Live Science in an email.last_img read more

first_imgPakistan will not open airspace until India withdraws fighter jets from IAF forward airbasesPakistan had completely shut its airspace for Indian flights after the Balakot airstrikes on February 26 in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack.advertisement Next Press Trust of India IslamabadJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 19:03 IST Pakistan PM Imran Khan. (Image: Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan has said it will not open its airspace for Indian commercial flightsThe airspace was shut after Balakot airstrikes on Feb 26Pakistan has said until India removes its fighter jets from IAF forward airbases, it would remain shutPakistan has told India that it will not open its airspace for commercial flights until New Delhi removes its fighter jets from forward IAF airbases, Pakistan’s Aviation Secretary Shahrukh Nusrat has informed a Parliamentary committee.Pakistan fully closed its airspace on February 26 after the Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets struck a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist training camp in Balakot following the Pulwama terror attack in Kashmir.Aviation Secretary Nusrat, who is also the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), on Thursday informed the Senate Standing Committee on Aviation that his department has intimated Indian officials that Pakistani airspace would remain unavailable for use by India until the country withdraws its fighter jets from forward positions, Dawn News reported.”The Indian government approached asking us to open the airspace. We conveyed our concerns that first India must withdraw its fighter planes placed forward,” Nusrat told the committee.This is probably the first time a senior Pakistani official has publicly stated Islamabad’s precondition for reopening its airspace after the Balakot air strikes.He further apprised the committee that Indian officials have contacted Pakistan requesting it to lift the airspace restrictions.”However, Indian officials have been told that Indian airbases are still laden with fighter jets and Pakistan will not allow resumption of flight operations from India until their removal,” said Nusrat.Last month, the CAA had extended the airspace ban till July 12. It had earlier extended the airspace restriction until June 30.After the restrictions, all the passenger flights are being diverted to alternative routes by India, The Express Tribune reported.The CAA official also contested India’s claim that Delhi had opened its airspace for Pakistan, the report said.”Pakistani flights from Thailand have not been restored since the closure of the Indian airspace. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights for Malaysia also remain suspended,” the CAA DG informed the committee.Last month, Pakistan gave special permission to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s VVIP flight to use its airspace for his official trip to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.However Prime Minister Modi’s VVIP aircraft avoided flying over Pakistan. Earlier, Pakistan had allowed India’s former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to fly directly though Pakistani airspace to participate in the meeting of SCO foreign ministers in Bishkek on May 21.India aviation industry has suffered huge losses due to the airspace ban by Pakistan.On Thursday, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri told Parliament that due to the closure of Pakistan airspace, Air India had to spend an extra Rs 430 crore on longer routes.Also Read | Air India suffers over 400 crore loss due to Pakistan airspace closureAlso Watch | No pleasantries exchanged between PM Modi, Imran Khan at SCO summit | WatchFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanchari Chatterjeelast_img read more